I had the chance to join the Philips Insider program where regular folks like us get a chance to try out some of their new or existing products for 2 weeks and provide our feedbacks. I was really interested in their air fryer therefore I joined the program hoping to receive the air fryer. When I received a call from their delivery guy, I was so excited and told my mum to look out for the product. When she called me 30mins later and told me it was a rice cooker, I was kind of disappointed. But since I have received the product, I decided to still put the product to the test and give a proper review.
The product came in a huge box with all the manuals intact. I had to keep the boxes as we have to return the product after 2 weeks of testing.
Everything is brand new and packaged nicely.
There are various preset cooking moods like congee, soup, steam, cake and reheat. They also have 3 different settings for cooking rice ; standard, quick, ultra quick cook and claypot rice.
The cooker comes with a steamer tray where you can place on top while your rice or soup is cooking.
This is the full set of accessories with the cooker, the steamer tray, 1 rice spatula, 1 porridge scoop and 1 rice cup. The main pot is non stick and easy to clean.
My first test was to cook porridge. There are easy markings in the pot to indicate the amount of water needed per the cup of rice you are using. The indications for rice is on the left and porridge on the right.
I also took the chance to steam salted eggs with the steamer tray
You can choose the congee menu and press cook. It generally takes about 90 mins to get the congee cooked to smooth Cantonese consistency. The cooker is slightly warm at the side while it is cooking and the steam is released at the top vent keeping everything mess free.
As I was looking for the Teochew porridge consistency, I switched off the cooker around the 60mins when there is still lots of liquid.
The porridge is broken up quite nicely and I really liked the mess free part compared to cooking on the stove where I have to consistently watch over the pot to prevent any boiling over on the stove. The eggs also came out boiled nicely. I only wished there was a quick cook version for porridge as well so I do not have to wait through 60 mins.
My 2nd test was to cook quinoa and steam buns at the same time using the quick cook button. The quick cook program took slightly shorter at about 40 mins compared to standard cooking at 60 mins.
Surprising the buns came out really springy and soft and is different form our usual stove steamer where the buns gets soggy sometimes from the condensation of the steam. The buns were steamed perfectly.
My quinoa came out perfect with the right fluff and air between each grain of quinoa. I believe this will be the same for rice. I am pleasantly pleased with the first test although I do have a questions back burning in my mind which is the cost of the electricity used for these versus the cost of cooking the same things on the stove.